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'''Howard Phillips Lovecraft''' (;"Lovecraft". ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''. August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He was virtually unknown and published only in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, but he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales are "The Call of Cthulhu" and "The Shadow over Innsmouth", both canonical to the ''Cthulhu Mythos''. Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor. He saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an...
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PseudonymLewis Theobald
Humphrey Littlewit
Ward Phillips
Edward Softly
Birth nameHoward Phillips Lovecraft
Birth date{{birth date|1890|8|20|mf=y}}
Birth placeProvidence, Rhode Island|Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Death date{{death date and age|1937|3|15|1890|8|20|mf=yes}}
Death placeProvidence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting placeSwan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
OccupationShort story writer, editor, novelist, poet
Period1917–1937
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